Durham Brownfields


Welcome to the City of Durham’s Brownfield Program website.  Here you will find information about program events and accomplishments. We encourage you to check back regularly to keep informed about Durham’s latest brownfield news and upcoming activity. Attending a Durham Brownfield Community Task Force meeting is a great place to learn more about the City’s brownfield activities and to provide feedback.

In 2018 the City of Durham received a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to address underutilized properties potentially contaminated by hazardous substances and petroleum (brownfields).  The purpose of the grant is to facilitate the transition of former industrial and commercial sites to new useful purposes, thereby spurring economic growth, creating jobs, and protecting the environment.

Grant funds awarded in 2018 will be used to assess selected brownfield sites for contamination, as well as to perform community outreach, and cleanup planning activities. The City received similar grants in 2006, 2009, and 2014 each yielding successful outcomes for Durham residents.